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Dispatches from the Academy

Day 8: The other side of the ticket

Ian Cummings

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings have attended the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the past month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they highlight a few things they learned from the night before. This week's post recounts the eighth and final night of the course.* ...

Day 7: Raylan Givens would be embarassed

Shaun Hittle

I was dead before I even reached for my gun. And so was my partner. It was a sobering moment Tuesday night at Day 7 of the Citizen's Police Academy as I stepped up as the first volunteer in a simulated shooting exercise. After just having watched several episodes of ...

Day 6: At the scene of the crime

Ian Cummings

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* Crime scene investigation is not as easy as it looks on television. ...

Day 5: The murder of Onzie Branch

Shaun Hittle

If they'd kept their mouths shut, Damon McCray would've gotten away with murder. But as we learned in Day 5 of the Citizen's Police Academy, people, even when it means selling out their lovers and friends, talk. Lawrence Police Sgt. Mike Pattrick walked us [through the investigation of the August ...

Day four: robbery, homicide and crimes against children

Ian Cummings

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* We ate meat lasagna while examining a photo of the exit wound ...

Day three: Gangs, gun and peyote

Shaun Hittle

Last night, my fellow Citizen's Academy attendees were able to visit a place very few people ever step foot in: the Lawrence Police Department's evidence room, tucked away above the county's courtrooms. It wasn't what we saw that initially caught our attention. The second you enter, the pungent smell of ...

Day Two: Reports from the field

Ian Cummings

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's 2013 Citizens' Academy twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* About five minutes into our second Citizens' Academy class, I decided to ...

Training Day

Shaun Hittle

*Journal-World reporters Shaun Hittle and Ian Cummings are attending the Lawrence Police Department's [2013 Citizen's Academy][1] twice per week for the next month. On Wednesdays and Fridays, they'll highlight a few things they learned from the night before.* http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/2013/jan/22/248160/ Day One: By the end of the first hour, half the ...

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